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Five Years Ago A Canadian appeals court let common sense prevail and said that merely linking to a website was not defamatory . Over in the UK libel laws were still out of control , creating real chilling effects for criticism. Meanwhile, Oregon ... [Published Techdirt - 11 hours ago]
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Awesome Stuff: Podcasts To Listen To

Normally, each Saturday we use the awesome stuff post to highlight interesting (and sometimes not so interesting) crowdfunding projects. But every so often we like to shake it up with something different. This week, I'm going to discuss some of the ... [Published Techdirt - 14 hours ago]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated 14 hours ago - 1 reports

Canada's New Investment Agreement With China Will Take Precedence Over Canadian Constitution for 31 Years

Here on Techdirt we've been covering the secrecy surrounding CETA , the trade agreement between the EU and Canada, and its problematic inclusion of a corporate sovereignty chapter. But while attention has been focused here, the Canadian government ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 19 2014]
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Canada Appears To Be Split On Whether To Extend Culture Tax To Internet Services

As you may or may not be aware, Canada, similar to many European countries, has what is commonly referred to as a "culture tax." The idea is that Canadian broadcasters must pay into a platform specifically used to fund Canadian content, lest Canada ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
Entities: Taxes, Netflix Inc, Canada
First reported Sep 20 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 1 reports

American Spectator Magazine Deletes All Mentions Of Brett Kimberlin Following Apparent Settlement

We recently wrote about the Brett Kimberlin saga -- which is long and involved, and which we'd avoided jumping into for a long time, given how complex and nutty it was. If you're not familiar with it, go back and read that post to catch up on it, but ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 20 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 1 reports

In Case You Were Wondering: James Cameron Is Still Winning Cases Over Avatar

The legacy of the movie Avatar was supposed to be about bringing the 3D movie era back. Or perhaps it was supposed to be strictly about box office numbers. It perhaps even should have been about James Cameron's place in the Hollywood pantheon. Too ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 20 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 1 reports

DailyDirt: Don't Eat Fat. Or Sugar. How About Just Less Of Everything?

Everything in moderation. Somehow that adage seems to get lost in the media coverage of diets that claim near miraculous health results from totally eliminating X from a person's diet. Sure, there are things that you don't need even moderate amounts of, ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 20 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 1 reports

PACER Finally Agrees To Put Back Court Documents That Were Deleted

Sooner or later this had to happen. Back in August, with no warning, the PACER electronic court document system, overseen by the Administrative Office of the judicial system, announced that as part of an "upgrade" it had deleted a bunch of cases . Once ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 1 reports

Alice Ruling Kills Another Patent Dead, As Lumen View Patent Troll Drops Appeal

We recently noted that a bunch of courts had been killing off bad software patents thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank. And now, that ruling is even leading the trolls themselves to give up. Notorious patent troll Lumen View ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 1 reports

NSA Official Handing Off Contracts To Government Contractor Spouse?

Aram Roston at Buzzfeed has seemingly uncovered a very cozy link between an NSA official and a government contracting firm . The NSA official, Teresa H. Shea, is director of the Signals Intelligence Directorate, which means she oversees electronic ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 1 reports

Texas Tosses Out Law Against Peeping Tom Photographs As A First Amendment Violation

We've been somewhat concerned about various attempts to pass laws against revenge porn . While revenge porn itself is immensely troubling, the problem is that any law that seeks to carve out revenge porn almost certainly leads to dangerous unintended ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 1 reports

'Piracy' That Creates Amazing New Music

More than five years ago we first wrote about Kutiman , an Israeli musician who created an album of incredible new music simply by editing together a bunch of unrelated YouTube clips. The end result is... astounding. I still listen to it frequently. ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 19 2014]

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...must pay into a platform specifically used to fund Canadian content, lest Canada be overrun with the sweet, delicious programming offered by "Merica. I mean, we've got, like, eight different shows that revolve around signing/dancing competitions, and some of them even include celebrities you've never heard of! You can't resist that kind of thing, right? Well, as you can imagine, the television broadcasters to our north have noticed how much content is now delivered on the internet, having previously asked for regulators to likewise tax ISPs. Now, they, as well as some in government, have their sights set on companies like Netflix as well ."
...Many of his legal claims could be summed up as "those people said stuff about me that makes me look bad, and I don't like it." It was pretty clear that the American Spectator settled when Kimberlin filed to dismiss the charges against the publication with prejudice, which...
"Many of the 'Avatar images' he includes are not from the film itself, but are taken from books about or derived from Avatar (including, for example, 'The Making of Avatar' and 'The Art of Avatar)," Furman wrote. "By plaintiff's own admission, those books are 'not part of the claims in this case.'" It's an interesting strategy to sue someone for copying your work on the basis of images not from the movie you claim is infringing. Sort of like if I got mad at my brother for stealing my chicken wing and demonstrated the chicken wing's worth by pointing to a live chicken. Or something. Look, I don't know, but the misapplication of the works in question isn't even the point, because what Dean is suing over is essentially the concept of floating land masses in a fictional world, which is an idea, not a specific expression. Judge Furman noted as much when commenting on Dean's manipulation of the images in question."
...us to make them available in PACER," said David Sellers, assistant director for public affairs at the AO, in a statement to the Washington Post. "This process will be completed in the four appellate courts by the end of October. We are also working to provide a similar solution for the dockets on the legacy system in the California Central bankruptcy court."

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Awesome Stuff: Podcasts To Listen To [Published Techdirt - 14 hours ago]
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Canada Appears To Be Split On Whether To Extend... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
As you may or may not be aware, Canada, similar to many European countries, has what is commonly referred to as a "culture tax." The idea is that Canadian broadcasters must pay into a platform specifically used to fund Canadian content, lest Canada ...
American Spectator Magazine Deletes All Mention... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
We recently wrote about the Brett Kimberlin saga -- which is long and involved, and which we'd avoided jumping into for a long time, given how complex and nutty it was. If you're not familiar with it, go back and read that post to catch up on it, but ...
In Case You Were Wondering: James Cameron Is St... [Published Techdirt - Sep 20 2014]
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